Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

History Haunting All Blacks

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

History Haunting All Blacks

Article excerpt

RUGBY World Cup history is ensuring hot favourite New Zealand keeps its feet on the ground ahead of its title showdown with France in Auckland.

The gold Webb Ellis Cup, which the All Blacks haven't won in 24 years, is tantalisingly within reach, especially after the hosts' impressive semi-final suffocation of the Wallabies.

But despite France's poor form during its passage to the final at Eden Park, the ghosts of defeats past is keeping the All Blacks grounded.

On Monday, coach Graham Henry spoke about 2007, and how the French bounced back from a 61-10 drubbing in Wellington to eliminate his team 20-18 in a World Cup quarter-final in Cardiff four months later.

Yesterday, assistant coach Wayne Smith referred to a similar scenario in 1999, when he was technical adviser to then coach John Hart.

Four months after being overwhelmed 54-7 in the last Test to be played at Athletic Park, Les Bleus came from 14 points behind to score a dramatic 43-31 semi-final upset at Twickenham. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.